Employment in Scotland rises to record high

CONTINUED GROWTH IN SCOTLAND DESPITE WESTMINSTER SHAMBLES SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has praised new figures showing that Scotland’s employment rate has risen to 75.9% – the highest on record. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that Scotland’s employment rate rose to 75.9% for February to April 2019 and the unemployment rate fell […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan visited Openreach engineers working on an installation of ultrafast broadband technology for new homes in Gourock on Friday (7 June 2019). He saw a ‘full fibre’ network being built directly into the new homes near Kirn Gardens to deliver ultrafast internet connections. The future-proof, reliable services can carry speeds […]

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McMillan demands urgent action to fix Newark Roundabout

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, has today demanded urgent action from Transport Scotland to fix the abysmal road surface at Newark roundabout. The local SNP MSP has twice contacted Transport Scotland asking for the road to be repaired, but has been told that this will not happen until October as the defect is not […]

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McMillan hosts FSB Spring Reception highlighting migrant contribution to Scotland’s economy

On Wednesday 8 May, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde hosted the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Spring Reception at Holyrood celebrating the positive economic impact of migration to Scotland. The event focused on about FSB’s new research into migrant entrepreneurship and celebrated the contribution of business people not born in Scotland to our […]

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Labour must “get on board” with full devolution of rail

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has called on Labour MSPs to get behind the full devolution of rail services to Scotland, after a former Labour transport minister urged that the Scottish Parliament be given full responsibility over Network Rail. Tom Harris, a senior adviser to the Rail Review, said that all lines, signals, stations and infrastructure […]

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Local MSP hosts event to get Inverclyde’s creative juices flowing

On Wednesday 10 April, Stuart McMillan MSP welcomed Creative Scotland to the Tontine Hotel for an event bringing together local stakeholders from the creative sector. Creative Scotland’s Executive Director, Screen Isabel Davis, and Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer, Karen Dick, gave a presentation before taking questions from the audience, which consisted of over 40 local […]

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Unemployment falls as Scottish economy outstrips UK

BREXIT STILL THE BIGGEST THREAT TO SCOTLAND’S ECONOMY Unemployment has fallen to a record-low in Scotland, as latest figures show Scottish economic growth outperforming the rest of the UK. Levels of unemployment have reached a new low of 3.4% in Scotland, outperforming the rest of the UK – with UK unemployment at 3.9%. The welcome […]

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Local MSP leads Scottish Tourism Month debate in Holyrood

On Tuesday 19 March, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde led a Member’s Debate in the Scottish Parliament to highlight the month of March being Scottish Tourism Month 2019. Coordinated by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), Scottish Tourism Month’s mantra for 2019 is ‘Tourism is Everyone’s Business’ to reinforce how important tourism is to […]

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SNP rates cap saves Inverclyde businesses £200,000

New figures released by the Scottish Government estimate that businesses across Inverclyde will save £200,000 thanks to an SNP policy to protect small businesses. The Scottish Government’s decision to cap increases in poundage rates to below inflation will result in lower business rates for firms across Scotland. The move will save businesses in Scotland a […]

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No-Deal Brexit will have dramatic impact on Inverclyde

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT WARNS OF 7% FALL IN GDP The Scottish Government has warned that a no-deal Brexit would hammer Scotland’s economy, with national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) predicted to fall by up to 7%. The Chief Economic Advisor to Scotland reports that a no-deal Brexit has the potential to push the Scottish economy into recession, […]

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Scottish budget plans for fairer Scotland passed by Holyrood

Today, the Scottish Government’s 2019-20 budget plans have been formally approved by the Scottish Parliament. Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, has supported the Finance Secretary’s proposals since he presented them to Parliament in December 2018, with some of the key budget promises including extra funding for education, the health service and infrastructure. To ensure […]

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Labour and Tory campaign to hit Inverclyde economy, says McMillan

Today, Stuart McMillan MSP has hit out at opposition parties for putting pressure on the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Region Deal Partners to pursue a business case that would damage Inverclyde’s economy. Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council are leading the Glasgow Airport Access Project (AAP), the £1.13bn City Deal’s flagship project, for which […]

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Texas Instruments plant saved from closure

Inverclyde’s SNP elected representatives are welcoming the news that Texas Instruments (TI) has been saved from closure, preventing the loss of over 300 jobs at the site. Today, TI have signed an agreement with leading global semi-conductor manufacturer, Diodes Incorporated, who will purchase the plant and continue production and employment in Greenock. Stuart McMillan MSP […]

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Budget gets Holyrood backing with boost for local services

SNP SUPPORT INCREASE IN INVESTMENT IN INVERCLYDE Greenock and Inverclyde SNP MSP backed the SNP’s budget plans last night, which offer economic stability in the face of Brexit while giving a cash boost to the NHS, schools and other vital services. Despite Westminster cuts of almost £2 billion in a decade to Scotland’s block resource […]

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Retail chiefs urge MSPs to back SNP budget plans

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has called on his political opponents across the West of Scotland region to get behind the Scottish Government’s budget proposals, following a warning from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) that a defeat would create a “thick layer of uncertainty” for businesses at an “already challenging time”. Speaking […]

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Local politicians call for more broadband investment from UK Government

Inverclyde’s MSP and MP have called on the UK government to revise its approach to digital connectivity and invest more money delivering high-speed broadband for residents and businesses, after it was criticised for ‘short-changing’ Scots on high-speed broadband by a parliamentary committee. The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity committee this week called on the […]

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Step closer to National Investment Bank

Stuart McMillan MSP has said SNP plans to establish a Scottish National Investment bank will help transform inclusive growth across Inverclyde. Last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP announced plans for an initial investment in the bank of £130 million as part of his draft budget proposals for 2019/20. Subject to regulatory and legislative approval, […]

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